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>> we'll see you tomorrow. making news in america this morning, two new battles raging on capitol hill. first, the mueller report, democrats now issuing a new deadline for the attorney general to hand over mueller's full report as republicans insist the case is closed. >> this is a cheap shot. >> meanwhile, breaking overnight, obamacare back in the spotlight. a dramatic shift from the justice department now insisting the entire health care law should be repealed. extortion charges. michael avenatti is released on bail after allegedly trying to blackmail nike. >> i will be fully exonerated and justice will be done. >> his threat to disclose a college basketball scandal and the $20 million power play that could hand stormy daniels' former lawyer behind bars. new this morning, the
college admissions bribery scandal expanding. the federal investigation into the eight elite universities. did the colleges misuse federal funding, and this morning, word that more wealthy parents are implicated. plus, a health alert. the new warning about yoga after a woman suffers a stroke during a pose. doggone. the search for a prize winning show dog missing at one of the nation's busiest airports. and biking in the buff. why these bare naked riders are asking organizers to reschedule their nude bike ride. good tuesday morning, everyone. i'm stephanie ramos in for janai norman. >> and i'm kenneth moton. we begin a new battle on capitol hill in thedecrs now rtl robe m whetheesent obstructed
justice, and they've now issued a deadline for the attorney general to hand over mueller's full report. >> it comes as we hear for the first time from the president's attorney general, rudy giuliani, who accuses mueller of taking a cheap shot. abc's mona kosar abdi joins us with more. good morning, mona. >> reporter: good morning, stephanie. good morning, kenneth. now, the only aspect that seen of mueller's 22-month-long investigation is william barr's four-page summary which democrats and republicans have interpreted in starkly different ways. this morning a changed political landscape in a post-mueller washington. >> lasted a long time. we're glad its over. >> reporter: president trump and his team celebrating the conclusion of the special counsel's 22-month investigation that found no collusion between trump or his campaign with russia, even complimenting the man he's long accused of leading a witch-hunt. meanwhile, democrats have intensified their efforts to get mueller's full report and have
set an april 2nd deadline to hand it over. >> we cannot simply rely on a hasty partisan interpretation of the facts. >> reporter: top democrats feel attorney general william barr's summary of mueller's report isn't objective because regarding the obstruction of justice investigation, barr writes that there isn't enough evidence to prove that offense even though mueller doesn't exonerate the president. >> it is a cheap shot. he either makes -- >> this is unprofessional. >> reporter: president trump has been indifferent to the request. >> up to the attorney general but it wouldn't bother me at all. >> reporter: instead the president has chosen to focus his efforts on suggesting another investigation. >> there are a lot of people out there that have done some evil thing, very bad things. i would say treasonous things against our country. >> reporter: and democratic members of the house judiciary committee say that they're willing or to or at least have have hinted they're willing to subpoena barr if he misses that tuesday deadline so,
kenneth, stephanie, again, that is april 2nd. another date southerned to that highly anticipated mueller report. >> yes, a deadline fast approaching. mona, thank you. breaking overnight the trump administration now says the entire affordable care act is illegal and should be struck down in court. that's a dramatic shift from previous statements when the justice department argued only part of obamacare was illegal. the new statement supports a texas ruling which struck down the law and is now being appealed. critics call the justice department's new position strictly political and legally unfeasible. in response house speaker nancy pelosi vowed to fight relentlily to protect the law. the legal battle will likely head to the supreme court. a troubling new headline overnight from the investigation into those recent boeing plane crashes. according to "the new york times," a flight simulation has revealed that the pilots on the doomed lion air flight in indonesia had fewer than 40 seconds to override an automated system before going into a fatal nosedive.
investigators are focusing on that system as they try to determine what caused the crashes in both indonesia and ethiopia and whether pilot training on the automated system played a role. this morning the pentagon has released a video showing a successful new test of its missile interceptor system. a simulated ballistic missile was shot out of the sky over the pacific. the ground-based system is designed to shoot down missiles fired from north korea. we turn now to michael avenatti speaking out. the lawyer who represented stormy daniels is accused of trying to make sound nike for more than $20 million in connection with a basketball scandal. and that's not the only charge he faces. abc's danya bacchus has more. >> this was an old-fashioned shakedown. >> reporter: michael avenatti facing federal charges including two counts of extortion and two counts of conspiracy to extort. appearing in federal court in new york, avenatti not entering a plea. the judge releasing him on a $300,000 bond.
he must also turn over both his u.s. and italian passports. >> i am highly confident that when all of the evidence is laid bare that i will be fully exonerated and justice will be done. >> reporter: federal prosecutors say the former attorney for adult film actress stormy daniels tried to extort up to $25 million from nike saying avenatti claimed to have a client, a coach, who had damaging information about nike payments to high school basketball players and their families and threatened to go public, which would negatively affect nike's market value. in one wiretap avenatti allegedly warned nike lawyers i'll go $10 billion off your client's market cap. i'm not expletive around. avenatti was arrested just 15 minutes after this tweet threatening to disclose a basketball scandal perpetrated by nike. and 3,000 miles away in los angeles, a different federal case against avenatti revealed.
prosecutors there alleging avenatti stole $1.6 million from a client's legal settlement. abc news has learned that an unnamed co-conspirator who was not arrested is celebrity attorney mark geragos. if convicted in california avenatti faces up to 50 years in prison. nike says it's cooperating with the government's investigation into ncaa basketball. danya bacchus, abc news, los angeles. another apparent suicide is shining the light on the long-term impact of mass shootings. the father of a sandy hook school shooting victim has taken his own life just days after two survivors of the parkland school shooting committed suicide. dr. jeremy richman was found dead in newtown, connecticut. his daughter was 1 of 20 children killed in the sandy hook shooting. richman spoke to abc's dan harris on his podcast last year. >> you will never see her again. you will never hold her, you know, feel that weight in your arms, never snuggle, never get
that hug and kiss on the cheek. that's like you will never have that again. >> the overwhelming feeling of helplessness, once one has had an experience like that, the brain encodes it into permanent memory. >> just a really tough reminder of how fragile life is. richman spoke at an anti-violence summit near parkland, florida just last week. more severe weather is on the move. let's take a look at your weather for this tuesday. new video shows the damage. from straight line winds during severe storms in central alabama monday. several buildings were damaged. the winds ripped the roof off a barber shop. looking at the radar right now, you see that same line of storms now hugging the southeast coast. the system stretches from the gulf all the way north to cape cod. temperatures are fairly mild across the country with highs
around 60 in the northwest. a little warmer in salt lake city and denver today and it will be in the 40s from chicago to boston. coming up, a change at the mcdonald's drive-through. but first the flight on a major airline that took passengers to the wrong airport in the wrong country. the investigation into how it happened. plus, the wardrobe malfunction that's forcing nasa to cancel the first all women's
quickly. >> they travel together. sticking together. a former police officer in kansas has been charged for what she calls an accidental shooting. check this out. dash cam video shows officer brindley blood and another officer talking to akira lewis talki talking inside his vehicle. he had been pulled over for a seat belt violation and refused to hand over his i.d. and that's when the situation got chaotic. >> ow, ow, ow. >> oh, i shot him. >> officer blood said she intended to fire her taser but fired her gun by mistake. lewis was treated at the hospital. blood has now resigned from the police force and is charged with aggravated battery. british airways is apologizing to passengers for
their flight to germany when it went a little off course. customers thought they were heading from london to dusseldorf yesterday but it ended up in edinburgh, scott land. british airways says the plane had flown a round trip to scotland and no one changed the flight plan the next day. and they didn't notice until it was too late. >> just a little bit of a delay. >> a little bit. >> a little bit. driving up to a mcdonald's may soon be like shopping at amazon. the burger giant just spent $300 million to acquire a company that will tailor the drive-through menus to the weather, the time of day and how busy the restaurant is. the system will also suggest additional items to order. mcdonald's plans to spend almost a billion dollars this year to upgrade its u.s. locations. >> is the mcrib back? well, nasa has scrapped plans for the first ever all women's space walk. two female crew members were supposed to make the historic walk outside the space station friday. here's the problem. both women use medium size space suits. and there's only one medium on board that would be ready for the walk, so a man/woman team will make the walk. >> they didn't order ahead of
time? like a month in advance? they've got a space walk coming up. >> it's rocket science. coming up, the unusual way the nfl is kicking off next season. but first the breaking news overnight in the college admissions bribery scandal. several elite schools facing a new investigation as we learn more wealthy parents are in the spotlight. and later, the new warning about yoga after a woman suffers a stroke during a pose. h type 2s are excited about the potential of once-weekly ozempic®. in a study with ozempic®, a majority of adults lowered their blood sugar and reached an a1c of less than seven and maintained it. oh! under seven? and you may lose weight. in the same one-year study, adults lost on average up to 12 pounds. oh! up to 12 pounds? a two-year study showed that ozempic® does not increase the risk of major cardiovascular events like heart attack, stroke, or death. oh! no increased risk? ♪ oh, oh, oh, ozempic®! ♪
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investigation is expanding. the federal government is now reportedly getting involved. >> eight of the nation's top universities are under scrutiny over their use of federal funds. this morning, the government is now stepping in opening a preliminary investigation into the college admissions scandal rocking the nation's top schools. >> do you have anything to say? >> reporter: 12 people alrea implicated in the case headed to court monday? >> what did you do with all the money? >> no comment. >> reporter: including school coaches pleading not guilty. >> no one was admitted to wake forest who didn't earn it as a student and as an athlete. >> reporter: now colleges tied to the scandal are facing scrutiny from the u.s. education department. according to the news site politico education secretary betsy devos sent letters to eight elite universities demanding the schools send documents including marketing materials, statements made to organizations that rank schools and internal admission procedures. at issue, whheth
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hi, good morning. it's tuesday march 26th. thanks for being there. >> alexis is back. nice to have you back. >> thank you. >> michael, what is it going to be today? >> we have a slight chance of random showers during the day. as we head towards tonight, i think things will increase once again and we'll get wet. a lot of what you're dealing with is left over moist on the roads. you can see live doppler 7, spotty sprinkles south to north. we have a moist flow that will keep us cloudy. mid-40s to 50s. we'll end up in the upper 50s around places like lake port, half moon bay with low- to mid-60s for the rest of us. it will be pretty comfortable this afternoon. you can see not many showers on
this map. i'll show you more coming up. here is alexis. >> good morning, mike. over all we're starting off quiet on the roads for the tuesday morning commute. do want to take you to one problem. we're working on getting details in. eastbound highway 4 near alhambra, sounds like a solo vehicle crash, a pickup truck lost control, hit the center divide and facing the wrong way k belowing the left lanes. counter-commute direction, not quite 4:30 in the morning. not seeing any back-up. i will keep an eye on that. cash lanes for bay bridge toll plaza. as mike mentioned, not a lot of rain right now but definitely some sheen on the pavement. take it easy on ramps and curves. next update coming up in a couple minutes. >> thank you. a sunnyvale boy is being treated in the hospital right now after falling from a fourth story balcony. >> it happened off camino real.
jobina we're worried about how the boy is doing. >> he's 4 years old. as he was taken from the apartment complex, he was listed in serious condition. i reached out to department of public safety this morning and the officer on duty told me that is the most recent update they have at this time. the boy fell from the fourth story of the apartment building around 5:00. investigators were all over the scene taking measurements of the balcony and building late into the night. the man who called 911 says he lives on the first floor of the unit. he was with his family when he heard a loud thud outside. when he found the 4-year-old boy, he was unconscious but breathing on the balcony. >> i looked down and there was a kid in the balcony. we weren't sure which apartment or whom he belonged to. i saw he was bleeding. so i called 911 when i saw that. >> the man told us he was glad his family was home at the time so they could help.
they weren't sure what would happen if they weren't there. investigators tell us it does appear to be an accident and an adult was home with the child. abc 7 news. >> thank you. our thoughts are with the boy this morning. police arrest add man who attacked a woman on a train. according to the b.a.r.t. spokesperson he hit the woman on the train from daly city to colma stakes. she walked through several cars to get away. he was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon. she was taken to the hospital where she was treated for nonlife threatening injuries. >> it's 4:30 if you're just waking up with us. here is mike nicco with your weather. >> set